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Good Sunday: Sept. 3, 2010

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Bitter in the Mouth

By Monique Truong ($25)

The acclaimed Saigon-born writer’s second novel tells a quirky, inventive, touching story about a friendless North Carolina woman who literally tastes words that people around her speak.

BRUNCH

Spire: The restaurant now serves brunch, and chef Laird Boles’ menu combines local and Southern flavors. Selections include sweet-potato Benedict with slow-poached eggs, white cheddar, spinach and hollandaise; sweet-bourbon bread pudding with walnuts, summer-fruit compote and maple chantilly; fennel-sausage hash with a fried egg and roasted potatoes; and a Niman Ranch burger. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 685 Third St., (415) 947-0000]
 

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to level surfaces, seed fields and remove weeds at Big Rec Baseball Diamond. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

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GET OUTSIDE

Parks

Outdoor Shakespeare: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents Free Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s show: “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” [2:30 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, 34 Graham St., S.F.]
 
Last weekend: Labor Day weekend is the last chance to catch the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 2010 free summer-in-the-park production, “Posibilidad.” [2 p.m., Dolores Park, Dolores and 18th streets, S.F.]
 
Community dancing: “Tango in the Square” takes place in Union Square. The monthly event features free lessons, performances and public dancing. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]
 
Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts its monthly bird walk. [8 a.m., SFBG, front gate, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
 
Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents a tribute to Spanish music and dance with El Grupo de Espana. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]
 

Festivals

Arts and wine: Labor Day weekend means the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival. Attractions include crafts, music, food and drink, and a car show. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen avenues, Millbrae]

 
Animal kingdom

Pink flamingos: Three Chilean flamingo chicks are new at the zoo, and pink-themed festivities are marking the occasion. Zoo guests wearing pink receive $1 off general admission. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]
 

AROUND TOWN

Festivals

Zine scene: The San Francisco Zine Fest celebrates zines, small presses and all things DIY. Creators, publishers, exhibits, workshops, panels and readings are on the bill. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.]
 

Greek festival: Look for Greek food, music, dancing, theater and kids’ activities at the Belmont Greek Festival. [Noon to 10 p.m., Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Music

Indie-folk band: Vetiver, an indie-folk band known for its warm and accessible sound, performs. “Tight Knit” is the group’s most recent album. [8 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo acts: “City Solo” features local solo artists performing short pieces. Jeanne Haynes, Wayne Harris, Nicole Maxali and Kim A. Page take the stage this week. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Museums

Last day: “Shanghai” closes. Via artwork, Shanghai Deco furniture, revolutionary posters and lots more, the show explores the city’s ever-changing culture. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Hours extended: With “Birth of Impressionism” set to close Monday, the de Young Museum is offering extended viewing hours. Masterworks from the Musee d’Orsay are on view. [9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

Baseball

Giants at Dodgers

5 p.m., ESPN2

Jonathan Sanchez takes the hill for the Giants, who close out a three-game series in Los Angeles, on “Sunday Night Baseball.”

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Tennis: The U.S. open continues with men’s third-round and women’s fourth-round action. [8 a.m., New York, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

Golf: The third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship tees off. [Noon, Norton, Mass., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]



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